Installation Info: Zip Code: 32407, Area Code: 850, DSN: 436
Naval Support Activity Panama City had its origins in the mine countermeasures research conducted during World War II at the U.S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station, Solomons, Maryland. In 1945, equipment, facilities, and personnel were transferred from Maryland to Panama City, Florida, to occupy a 373-acre tract along St. Andrew Bay. The command was established as the U.S. Navy Mine Countermeasures Station on July 20, 1945. After nearly six decades, numerous name changes, new mission areas and reorganizations, NSA Panama City was established in 2003 as a part of the alignment of base support operations under the Commander, Navy Installations. The research and development workforce of the base under its former title, Coastal Systems Station, was renamed Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, with primary mission areas of responsibility remaining unchanged.
Still the base's largest tenant activity, NSWC Panama City is one of the major research, development, test and evaluation laboratories of the Navy, with a wide base of expertise in engineering and scientific disciplines in the mission areas of mine warfare, expeditionary warfare, special warfare, and diving and life support. NSWC PC and the other three major tenants, the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, and the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, make the activity the consolidated site for all Navy diving and salvage research, development, testing, and training. NSA Panama City also hosts many other diverse tenant activities: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Navy Exchange Branch, Naval Hospital Pensacola Branch Clinic, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Naval Special Warfare Training Detachment, Customer Service Desk, Naval Facilities Command Jacksonville, Fleet Industrial Supply Center Jacksonville, Veterans Affairs Primary Care Clinic, the Office of Naval Research vessel Sea Fighter, and the Deployable Joint Command and Control System Joint Program Office.
The Activity totals 657 acres and houses 221 buildings. The Athena Research Vessels are based in Panama City, and include three converted Asheville-class patrol gunboats. Diversity of test environments, low encroachment, and mission area synergy make the Activity an ideal location and climate for development, test, and training in littoral warfare missions. Beach contours and water depths replicate more than 80% of the world?s littoral regions. Panama City offers many opportunities for fun in and near the Gulf of Mexico. On 27 miles of snow-white beaches and in emerald-green waters, people enjoy boating, fishing, scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing and shell collecting. Within a short drive are the St. Andrews State Recreation Area, Eden State Gardens, Gulf World Marine Park, Ocean Opry, Zoo World, golf courses and greyhound races.